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Row over Class 6 science textbook depicting mosques as ‘noise pollutants’

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Published on July 08, 2017 with No Comments

An image in a Class 6 textbook taught in schools in Gujarat depicting a ‘mosque’ as a source of noise pollution has sparked outrage on social media, prompting an apology from the publisher and the promise that the picture would be removed in subsequent editions.

The ICSE, however, maintained the board did not publish or prescribe textbooks, and that schools had to deal with the issue.

The picture, shared widely on social media, shows a train, car, plane and a mosque, all with symbols depicting loud sound, next to a man grimacing and shutting his ears.

Netizens have now launched an online petition demanding the book be withdrawn.

The outcry drew an apology from the publisher- The Selina Publishers.

“This is to inform all concerned that we will be changing the picture in subsequent editions of the book,” publisher Hemant Gupta said on social media sites.

Gupta said the diagram on page 202 of its publication, Integrated Science, consisted of “a structure resembling a portion of a fort and other noise producing objects in a noisy city. We do apologise if it has hurt the sentiments of anyone,” he said.

There have been several incidents of controversial content being found in school textbooks in recent months. A Class 4 environmental science textbook that suggested killing a kitten as part of an experiment went viral on social media, forcing the publisher to withdraw it from the market earlier this year.

 

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